Quality education focus of New Education Policy: Javadekar

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Mumbai, Aug 19 (IANS) Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Prakash Javadekar on Friday said the government is giving final touches to the New Education Policy, which will lay thrust on quality education for all.

The minister said suggestions on the draft education policy are welcome and a deadline for comments on the draft was extended till September 15 this year.

Speaking at a function to felicitate meritorious poor students at a private college here, Javadekar said the education policy should be in sync with contemporary realities and address the aspirations of the new generation.

He called active participation of society as essential for ensuring education for all. “You cannot entrust the entire responsibility to government alone,” he said.

The minister expressed concern that there were 20 lakh vacancies of teachers at various levels from primary schools to IITs. He urged students to consider teaching as an honourable career option, not confining themselves to engineering and medical fields.

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